Worlds first LEED Platinum police station generates more energy than it consumes in Cincinnati

May 5, 2017 by  
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Serving the community goes hand in hand with serving the environment at this police station in Cincinnati. The Ohio city is home to the world’s first freestanding net-zero energy police station that’s also the first of its kind to earn LEED Platinum certification. Designed by local firm emersion DESIGN , the Cincinnati District 3 Police Station Headquarters is a beautiful facility that not only produces as much energy as it consumes, but also beautifies the community with public art and rainwater. Unveiled in July 2015 in the city’s Westwood neighborhood, the 39,000-square-foot District 3 Police Station Headquarters houses nearly 200 employees. Forty geothermal wells and a 330-kW solar array power the energy-efficient building, which consumes half the power used by traditionally built facilities of the same size. Since the building consumes less energy than it generates—the energy use intensity is 28 kBtu per square foot—the building is expected to save the city a significant amount of taxpayer money over the years. Related: BIG unveils plans for NYPD’s first-ever green-roofed police station The net-zero energy building was also designed with considerable community input, from the new station’s location to the selection of public art. As part of the state’s 1 Percent Art Program, the police station includes an LED art installation that tells the story of the district’s 14 neighborhoods. Generous amounts of glazing clad the station and create a sense of transparency with the community. The landscaping around the building incorporates native plantings and includes beautiful stormwater management design, such as rainwater gardens and a stone ‘river’ bioswale. + emersion DESIGN

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The cicadas are have arrived, blanketing Midwestern porches by the thousands

June 21, 2016 by  
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The iconic, spine-tingling line from Poltergeist, “They’re here…” is on the lips of wide-eyed mid-westerners during the deafening invasion of 17-year cicadas. Photos of one Mansfield, Ohio homeowner’s porch have gone viral , depicting piles and piles of discarded exoskeletons and deceased insects. The scene, to some, is like a real-life horror movie. Cicadas emerge from under the ground in broods. This particular brood is surfacing for the first time since 1999. Over the span of about six weeks they will shed their exoskeleton, mate, lay eggs, and then die. The thunderous mating call of millions of male cicadas is the biggest nuisance for humans, unless they show up on your doorstep. Richelle Smart, in northern Ohio, recently posted photos of thousands of bugs overtaking her porch. Her children dutifully helped sweep up the crunchy mounds, when they weren’t not jumping back at the sight of a live, bug-eyed cicada. Related: They’re coming… BILLIONS of cicadas to invade the northeast next month The cicadas’ presence may only be an annoyance to people, as they have a symbiotic relationship with Mother Nature. Laying eggs on tree branches promotes healthy pruning and the underground burrowing aerates the soil. The exoskeletons are returned to the Earth as nourishment, completing the cycle of life. If you are living in eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, southwest Pennsylvania, or some pockets of Virginia and Maryland, the beauty of nature may be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, once this brood takes care of their business, you won’t have to worry about them popping back up for another 17 years. Via  Daily Mail Images via  Wikimedia , Facebook

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Happy 59th birthday to Colo, the world’s oldest captive gorilla

December 23, 2015 by  
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This week, a very special gorilla celebrated a very special birthday, and you’d better believe she had a special party to go right along with it. Colo has been a resident of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio since her birth and she celebrated her 59th birthday on Tuesday, 22 December. She is the oldest gorilla living in captivity on Earth, and she was also the first gorilla baby to be born under human care. Combined with the fact that she is decades past the mean life expectancy, Colo has proven she is one amazing gorilla who has earned the right to party. Read the rest of Happy 59th birthday to Colo, the world’s oldest captive gorilla

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Tiny two-legged shelter puppy gifted lifetime supply of 3D-printed wheelchairs

November 19, 2015 by  
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Net-zero Unity home is a solar-powered prefab that pops up in just 3 days

November 19, 2015 by  
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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

November 25, 2013 by  
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Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting solutions. But Ohio-based Pilus Energy has engineered a new, multi pronged approach to these problems with a group of bacterial robots, or “BactoBots” that remediate human and animal waste by turning the sewage into electricity, biogas, and water. Read the rest of Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bactobots , Bactobots turn sewage into water and energy , biogas , Bioremediation , cincinnati , crowd funding waste to energy and water projects , Electricity , epa testing and evaluation facility , fuel cell , generating renewable energy for the developing world , genetically modified bacteria , germ key , kickstarter , OHIO , pilus energy , Pilus Energy Bactobots , renewable energy , wastewater treatment , water issues        

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Lake Erie Sees Tons of Toxic Green Algae Due to Climate Change and Agriculture

July 23, 2013 by  
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For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating in Lake Erie . Back in October of 2011 when these NASA images were taken, nearly one-fifth of the lake was covered with the slimy cyanobacteria, killing marine life by depriving the water of oxygen, and producing a number of other foul byproducts that caused sickness, death, and gender switching in other species. Aided by agricultural practices from farmers spreading phosphorus-based fertilizers, the algae blooms could potentially become a regular occurrence according to a postmortem analysis of the 2011 bloom by the Carnegie Institution for Science . Read the rest of Lake Erie Sees Tons of Toxic Green Algae Due to Climate Change and Agriculture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , algae , biofuel , BLOOM , canada , Carnegie Institution for Science , Cleveland , Climate Change , global warming , great lakes water quality agreement , lake erie , nasa , OHIO , phosphorous , US        

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Company Turns Unsold Goodwill Books into Paper Products

January 24, 2013 by  
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Previously, books that could not be sold made their way to the trash, winding up in landfills.

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12-Year-Old Boy Saves 4,000 Pairs of Shoes from the Landfill

December 1, 2012 by  
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Each year over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown into United States landfills, and 12-year-old “Eco” Erek Hansen has made it his personal mission to make sure more of those shoes are recycled. The Ohio kid has been organizing shoe drives in his home town,  collecting cast off sneaks  and turning them over to clothing recycler  USAgain . He and his mother drove the 4,000 pairs of shoes he collected all the way to the to the USAgain clothing recycling facility in West Chicago. The shoes will either be reused by the underprivileged or recycled. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Eco” Erek Hansen , EcoErek , Erek Hansen , OHIO , recycled shoes , recycled sneakers , recycling , Recycling initiatives , USAgain , West Chicago

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16 Green Gifts Under $50

December 1, 2012 by  
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Wallet feeling a bit thin? If you’re looking for some eco-friendly gifts that won’t render you a penniless pauper, we’ve got great selection of Gifts Under $50 for you to choose from in our Green Gift Guide . Not only can you avoid the mania at the mall by shopping our guide from home, you’ll also find gifts that are as kind to the Earth as they are on your pocketbook. Check out all of our reasonably priced gift ideas – from a handy and possibly lifesaving solar power charging panel to a cute and quirky water-powered clock – here . GIFTS UNDER $50 > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco christmas , eco friendly gifts under $50 , eco friendly presents , eco friendly presents under $50 , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gifts under $50 , green christmas , green gift guide , Green Gifts Under $50 , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green xmas , presents under $50

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